Posted on | October 26, 2008 | 1 Comment
We went to Mesa Grill for lunch a couple of months ago. The interior is colorful and bright inside, and it’s smack in the middle of the Caesar’s casino, so it has quite a casual atmosphere. I was extremely impressed by the service. The air conditioning was on pretty high while we were there (as it always is in casinos) and the waiter, seeing me shiver a bit, offered to bring me a shawl. I thought that was such a nice touch!
We immediately ordered drinks. I opted for the Mesa Grill Margarita, which was excellent, although they didn’t salt the rim which is one of my favorite parts of a margarita! Adam had the Bloody Mary, which he thought was just okay.
For starters, I had the Baby Romaine Salad with Chorizo, Cotija Cheese, Pulled Croutons and Roasted Garlic Dressing. A nice, simple salad with one of my favorite cheese, and some obviously homemade and incredibly tasty, crisp croutons. I could’ve eaten a whole bowl of those alone! Adam had the Roasted Corn Soup with Smoked Tomato Relish, which was very nice; smoky and creamy.
We both opted for the Sixteen Spice Chicken with Cilantro-Pesto Mashed Potatoes, which is also on the dinner menu. The chicken was cooked perfectly, a bit blackened and crisp on the outside, and steaming hot, moist and juicy inside. I detected hints of chile, cumin, and allspice. Normally I’m not crazy about allspice, but it blended well with the other Southwestern spices, of which I can’t identify all of! The mashed potatoes were good, although I’m not a fan of cilantro. Thankfully it was used modestly, as a complementary flavoring to the pesto.
For dessert we had the Toasted Pecan Flan and Bourbon Soaked Madeleine. Both good, but we were so stuffed by the time dessert came, it was almost hard to enjoy them! The flan was a bit on the sweet side for my taste, but the texture was smooth and quite rich. I made the mistake of putting nearly the entire madeleine in my mouth at once. Yeesh! When they said bourbon soaked, they weren’t kidding! I nearly choked on it! And against the potential amusement factor, I did warn Adam before he made the same mistake.
All in all, a very nice meal. Next time I’m trying one of those giant hamburgers I saw so many other customers ordering. Oh, and sadly, no sign of Bobbly Flay!
Also sadly, I just found out that Mesa Grill lost it’s Michelin Star in 2009.
Sixteen Spice Chicken
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV